Natural disasters

‘More dangerous than SARS’: Scientists warn of deadly new coronavirus

‘More dangerous than SARS’: Scientists warn of deadly new coronavirus

Chinese scientists have said that a new coronavirus, which has already killed 11, appears to be deadlier than SARS. The new virus, originating in the Middle East, can affect many different organs and kill cells more rapidly than SARS. The infectious disease strongly resembles Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which killed 800 people in 2002 […]

Thousands flee into streets after 5.5 magnitude earthquake hits Mexico

Thousands flee into streets after 5.5 magnitude earthquake hits Mexico

Thousands have fled into the streets of Mexico City after a 5.5 magnitude earthquake struck the area. The US Geological Survey said the quake was centered six miles west of Pinotepa Nacional on the Pacific Coast, and 227 miles south-southeast of Mexico City. The earthquake struck at 7:04am local time (1:04pm GMT) and was 20.5 […]

Scientists predict thousands will die from earthquake expected anytime on US West Coast

Scientists predict thousands will die from earthquake expected anytime on US West Coast

Researchers say a massive earthquake and tsunami could soon strike the Northwest US coast, killing more than 10,000 people, flooding entire towns, and causing economic damages totaling $32 billion. An alarming report published by the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission warns about the dire effects of the quake and claims that it is imminent […]

American doctors warn of new killer virus

American doctors warn of new killer virus

Traveling to the Middle East? US health officials are warning Americans to be on the lookout for a new coronavirus, an acute respiratory infection similar to SARS that has so far infected 14 people and killed eight. Most of the deadly infections have occurred in the Middle East, but it only takes one infected American […]

High cost of cheap energy: Fukushima tragedy 2 years on

High cost of cheap energy: Fukushima tragedy 2 years on

Two years after the Fukushima disaster, much of the clean-up effort is still ‘theoretical’, survivors go to court for compensation and thousands march against nuclear power, while the government gives up on the phase-out promise. Experts estimate closing the damaged Fukushima reactors down will cost around US$15 billion and will take about 30 to 40 […]

Magnitude 5.7 earthquake hits near Tokyo

Magnitude 5.7 earthquake hits near Tokyo

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake has hit near Tokyo, shaking buildings in the Japanese capital. No tsunami risk is reported. The US Geological Survey said the quake had hit at 16:23 local time (0723 GMT), with its epicentre 57 kilometres north-northeast of Maebashi and around 143 kilometres north-northwest of Tokyo. A few minutes later a 4.7-magnitude […]

Russian meteorite crash: Updates Videos

Russian meteorite crash: Updates Videos

An aerial meteorite explosion has wreaked havoc in Russia’s Urals. The blast caused widespread panic, damaged buildings, blew out thousands of windows and lead hundreds to seek medical attention for minor injuries. The incident was caused by a bolide, scientists said. Multiple dashboard videos appeared online, showing huge fireballs flying over buildings and exploding with […]

New England readies for historic storm

New England readies for historic storm

The Northeast is bracing itself for a historic blizzard that could dump record-breaking amounts of snow on New York and Boston on the 35th anniversary of the “Great Blizzard” of 1978. Power outages could plague the region, while deep snow and hazardous driving conditions would make travel impossible. Meteorologists believe the storm could potentially be […]

Major 8.0 quake hits Solomon Islands, destruction reported

Major 8.0 quake hits Solomon Islands, destruction reported

A powerful 8.0-magnitude earthquake struck the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific on Wednesday, reportedly flattening villages and prompting a “potentially destructive” tsunami wave. The epicenter of the tremor was located at a shallow depth of 5.8 km in the area of the Santa Cruz Islands, the US Geological Survey reports. It was shortly followed […]